- Golden Village (Richmond, British Columbia)
Golden Village is a commercial district of
Richmond, British Columbia, Canadabest known for its high concentration of Asian-themed shopping malls. It is the home to the second-largest Asian community in North America[ [http://www.asianpacificpost.com/portal2/ff80808109e700500109f4f10f0f001c_Richmond_s_Golden_Village.do.html Richmond's Golden Village ] ] .
With Richmond's Asian-Canadians making up 60 percent of the city's population [ [http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20050205/RICHMOND05/TPTravel globeandmail.com: Dim sum meets cellphone nirvana ] ] , Richmond is sometimes seen as the "new Chinatown" of
Greater Vancouverand Golden Village is often blamed for luring many Chinese away from Vancouver's Chinatown. While Chinatown is often viewed as a lower income areaFact|date=June 2008, bordering Vancouver's notorious Downtown Eastside, Richmond is largely an affluent suburb.
Golden Village's approximate borders are Sea Island Way to the north, Garden City Road to the east, Alderbridge Way to the south and about 300 metres west of No. 3 Road to the west. It is considered part of the city's main commercial district, extended from its original area around Richmond Centre.
Golden Village is also five minutes from
Vancouver International Airport.
Golden Village is served by
public transit, funded by TransLink. A bus rapid transitline called the 98 B-Lineconnects Richmond to downtown Vancouverand the airport; its stops within the Golden Village are called "Sea Island Way", "Capstan Way", "Aberdeen" and "Alderbridge". This accounts for almost half of the route's Richmond stops.
In 2009, the 98 B-Line will be replaced by the
rapid transit Canada Line. It will eventually have two stations located within the Golden Village, "Aberdeen" and "Capstan Way".
There are also bus connections in Golden Village to Richmond Centre, New Westminster, Steveston, the
University of British Columbiaand Burnaby. "(For more information, see List of bus routes in Greater Vancouver.)"
Golden Village is directly connected to Richmond's Sea Island, home to
Vancouver International Airport, via the Moray Bridgeand the Sea Island Bridge. As the Golden Village is directly below the landing path for many planes, it is not unusual to hear airplanes roaring above at low altitude.
* [http://www.tourismrichmond.com/pdf/GVlowres05.pdf Tourism Richmond's Golden Village brochure (PDF file)]
* [http://www.hellobc.com/en-CA/SightsActivitiesEvents/Richmond.htm Tourism BC: Richmond (includes the Golden Village)]
* [http://www.asianpacificpost.com/portal2/ff80808109e700500109f4f10f0f001c_Richmond_s_Golden_Village.do.html The Asian Pacific Post: "Richmond's Golden Village"]
* [http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20050205/RICHMOND05/TPTravel The Globe and Mail: "Dim sum meets cellphone nirvana"]
* [http://www.vancourier.com/issues05/022105/entertainment/022105en1.html The Vancouver Courier: "Golden Village has plenty to crow about"]
* [http://www.vancourier.com/issues05/102105/news/102105nn1.html The Vancouver Courier: "The rise of Richmond"]
* [http://www.nwsource.com/travel/scr/tf_story.cfm?st=43336 NWsource (Seattle, Washington): "Thriving Asian suburb offers an exotic escape"]
* [http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/food/147823_richmond12.html Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "On Food - Seeking the best Chinese food? Look to Richmond B.C."]
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